Ethan Varian

Staff Reporter (Retail, Nonprofits)

Phone: 818-316-3130 Extension: 124

Recent Stories

Profits Rise for Mission Valley Bank

Mission Valley Bancorp reported first quarter net income of more than $1.3 million, the strongest first quarter in the company’s history, the Sun Valley commercial bank announced Tuesday.

Princess Cruises Shakes Up Leadership Team

The Santa Clarita company has promoted seven executives to new positions and hired a new vice president, the company announced Friday.

More Than 180 Veterans Attend Job Fair

The California Employment Development Department hosted its “Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet” job fair in Canoga Park on Thursday aimed at helping Valley-area military veterans find jobs with local employers.

Nordstrom to Open New Store in Santa Clarita

Nordstrom Inc. is set to open a new off-price retail store Thursday at the Promenade at Town Center shopping center in Santa Clarita.

Reports: Toys R Us Rejects Larian’s Bid for Stores

Toys R Us has rejected MGA Entertainment Inc. Chief Executive Isaac Larian’s $890 million dollar bid to acquire some of the bankrupt retailer’s stores in the U.S. and Canada, according to media reports.

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Record Earnings at Bank of Santa Clarita

The Bank of Santa Clarita reported record high first-quarter earnings Monday, due in large part to the reduction in the federal income tax rate.

VICA Predicts Resident Resistance to Garcetti's Homeless Shelters

The Valley Industry & Commerce Association has issued a statement that Mayor Eric Garcetti’s $20 million plan to build temporary homeless shelters on city-owned property will be rejected by local communities.

Fight for PAGA Reform

Valley group hires lobbying firm to change labor law after tracking nearly 8,000 suits.

Trade Group launches PAGA reform.

Talkin’ a Mouthful

Actor Danny Trejo has opened a restaurant in Woodland Hills, the newest location in his namesake chain.

Danny Trejo discusses his restaurant chain.

Target Tailors Small-Format Store to Burbank

REAL ESTATE: Sales data and neighborhood outreach guide curated inventory.

Target opens small-format store in Burbank.

MGA’s Larian Makes $890 Million Offer for Toys R Us Stores

Isaac Larian, the chief executive of MGA Entertainment Inc. in Van Nuys, put in a nearly $900 million bid Friday to purchase Toys R Us stores in the U.S. and Canada.

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Preview: Talkin' a Mouthful

Danny Trejo, star of the “Machete” movies as well as “Desperado” and “Con Air,” is also a restaurant owner.

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Mission Valley Bank Appoints Financial Advisor to Board

Mission Valley Bancorp has elected Ara Oghoorian, president of ACap Asset Management Inc. to its board of directors, the Sun Valley-based commercial bank announced Thursday.

Dine Brands, Comcast Partner on Data Infrastructure

Dine Brands Global Inc. has selected Comcast Business to provide a digital network to help the Glendale-based restaurant company track sales and customer data at its Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar and IHOP franchises, the company announced Thursday.

Walmart to Close Simi Valley Store

Walmart will close its store in Simi Valley on May 18.

CRC Buys Remaining Stake in Elk Hills Oil Field

California Resources Corp. has acquired the remaining surface and mineral rights to California’s largest natural gas-producing oil field from Chevron Corp., the company announced Monday.

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Woodbury to Hold Annual Student Fashion Show

Woodbury University will hold its 54th annual student fashion show May 5 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

KCET Chief to Head DeGeneres’ Media Firm

MEDIA: During 3-year term, Riley helped KCET’s ratings and revenue.

Former KCETLink chief executive moves on to Ellen DeGeneres’ media firm.

Employment Trends Benefiting On Assignment

STAFFING: Calabasas firm gains as more employers hire temps, not full-timers.

On Assignment in Calabasas sees finances rise as employers hire temp workers.

Valley Stocks Plunge, Rise With Markets

Big price drops – and gains – swing billions in market value.

Rollercoaster Wall Street markets reflect spooked investors.

Retailers Facing New Work Rules

REGULATIONS: Will ‘predictive scheduling’ be in stores’ future?

Labor advocates pushing for predictable schedules for retail, other employees.

Applebee’s Hires McDonald’s VP to Lead Insights and Analytics

McDonald’s senior executive Steve Levigne will join Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar as vice president of insights and analytics, Applebee’s parent company Dine Brands Global Inc. announced Tuesday.

MGA’s Larian Leads Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy Toys R Us

Isaac Larian, chief executive of Van Nuys toy manufacturer MGA Entertainment Inc., has along with unnamed investors pledged $200 million to an online public crowdfunding campaign he created to save Toy R Us as it files for bankruptcy.

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Bel Air Internet Acquires Telecom Provider

Bel Air Internet has acquired Woodland Hills-based commercial internet and telephone provider Polaris, the company announced Tuesday.

High Prices Elsewhere Drive Investors to Valley

REAL ESTATE: Low vacancy for retail space forecast to push up rents this year.

New shops at Valencia Town Center.

Change on the Menu

Different cuisine, new locations, social media – they’re part of the rebranding campaign at Applebee’s.

Glendale corporation changes more than its name under new leadership.

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Burger Spot Thinks Small

Franchising: Encino restaurateur believes fast-foodies want variety on a bun.

Sherman Oaks-based fast-food chain sets its sights on California’s burger market.

Preview: Burger Spot Thinks Small

Encino restaurateur believes fast-foodies want variety on a bun.

Preview: Change on the Menu

Different cuisine, new locations, social media – they're part of the rebranding campaign at Applebee's.

MGA Entertainment Bids on Toys R Us Canada

MGA Entertainment Inc. and a group of affiliated investors have made a bid to acquire the operations of bankrupt Toys R Us in Canada.

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